Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University talks to Simon Rose about the biggest war games since the end of the Cold War and why the Russians have invited the Chinese to take part. He also discusses whether the Taliban are on the back foot in Afghanistan and uses the discovery of a gun factory in East Sussex to look at the history of the UK government cracking down on gun ownership.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at a UK box office that continues to thrive, with takings up massively on 2017. He reviews the week's new films, including BlacKkKlansman, The Spy Who Dumped Me and The Children Act. Liking the latter enormously, he wonders why it is showing in so few screens despite having the second-best per screen average. He also recommends, on home release, In The Fade, starring Diane Kruger.
Steve Caplin discusses robotic aerial sheepdogs (with performance problems), the French crows tidying litter, copycat scientists trying to ween us off salt, sound technology to let four people in a car listen to different music, the "Where's Waldo?" facial recognition robot, an expandable electric car, magnetic eyelashes and problems with unfettered electric bikes.
Target posts its best quarter in a decade, Alibaba drops despite a strong first quarter report, Pepsi buys SodaStream, Gap struggles with its namesake brand, Investors put sports retailers in the penalty box, and Lowe’s hits an all-time high.
With the heavy push towards university education in recent years, have we been neglecting apprenticeships as an option for school-leavers? Simon Rose talked to Neil Hammond of the National Careers Service and Josh Tapper, former star of Gogglebox, who took up an apprenticeship in the Civil Service. They both believe the pendulum needs to swing back towards technical and vocational training.
Political commentator Mike Indian, author of the Groucho Tendency blog, looks at Jeremy Corbyn's Edinburgh speech, assessing his attitude towards journalism, new media and the BBC. He also looks at the Government's no-deal Brexit plans and the divisiveness of the calls for a second EU referendum. He also wonders how the calls for Donald Trump's impeachment might affect the US President's behaviour.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at a remarkable UK box office, with 8 films taking more than a million pounds at the weekend. He reviews Disney's Christopher Robin, The Equalizer 2 and The Festival. He also discusses the home video release of Beast and looks at the flop that is Kevin Spacey's latest film.
Steve Caplin regales us with tales of tennis at the International Space Station, AI-generated art that is going to be sold at Christies in New York, meat fraud, a pocket tripod the size and shape of a credit card, a bottle with an automatically-opening lid and a shopping app innovation from Sainsbury's.
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